By Issy MacLennan
Whatever you are expecting when you hear of PVRIS, I can guarantee it will be far from what they actually are. The band is made up of three members: Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald. They utilise fast and heavy beats that appeal to any audience, and their sound is will catch on very soon.
PVRIS have re-released the original version of their debut album White Noise, as a deluxe edition, giving their audience another opportunity to find meaning in the lyrics and still recognise the fact that (and cringe with me as I say this) rock out to Lynn Gunns' vocals, her soft yet strong voice is definitely something you'll hear more of this year.
Track by Track
1. "You and I" – exclusive to Deluxe only, the use of instruments makes you question how there are only 3 people playing, lyrics undoubtedly beautiful, no wonder they added it onto the album. It’s bloody brilliant
2. "Empty" – exclusive to Deluxe only, one of the slower tracks of the album, calming yet still so strong, like a heavenly choir that decided to cover a rock song
3. "Smoke" – Gunns' voice sounds light and yet fits so well with the heavy instrumentation.
4. "St Patrick" – what PVRIS is probably most well known for, the use of synth doesn’t usually go with a rock song and yet it completes the sound, each instrument used fits so well and creates the sound that is uniquely PVRIS'.
5. "My House" – the heavy guitars lead the track but don’t overrun it, leaving room for the listener to take in every element. One of the less ‘radio friendly’ tracks of the album but still appealing to everyone; demonstrates clearly how Gunn’s voice can vary from light and weightless to darker, more tense but still open and emotionally accessible.
6. "Holy" – essentially giving the musical middle finger. Beautiful and strong, one of the lighter tracks of the album with more synth used, almost disguising the bitterness in the lyrics that question religion so intelligently.
7. "White Noise" – anthemic, instruments and sounds used that would normally be conflicting, work so well together creating a wall of sound.
8. "Fire" – Shows off their heavier side, intelligent lyrics which don't hold anything back from the listener.
9. "Eyelids" – this song is a prime example of how music can affect your body, making your skin shiver, as if it has ingrained itself into you. Beautiful and confessional ballad that shows the listeners exactly how angelic Gunns' voice can be.
10. "Mirrors" – this track is almost supernatural, although not as strong as other songs on the album, it still sticks with you as though the band know exactly how to hook you without trying to force it upon you; a good
contrast to other pieces but still very much their own.
11. "Ghosts" – similar to the previous track, they focus on the drum and guitars but with undertones of keyboards keeping it light for the listeners. The most straightforward track sonically.
12 "Let Them In" – gives Gunn the best opportunity to showcase her range and keeps the listeners on their edge of their seat as Lynn proclaims "I wanna feel something."
13 "You and I" (stripped) – exclusive to Deluxe only, chilling like a punch to the heart and clearly demonstrates that the band are so talented with just ‘simple’ instruments yet retain the edge that creates PVRIS. The perfect, haunting end to the album.